Animal Bites

Our pets can be our best friends—but other people’s may not be.

Most of us treat animal bites lightly, but minor bites could have major consequences.


Experts suggest seeing a doctor if a bite has broken the skin or bleeding doesn’t stop after applying pressure for fifteen minutes.

Also, a wound that appears to be getting worse instead of better warrants medical care.


If a bite occurs outdoors, without provocation, there may be a rabies risk. Plus certain chronic medications and pre-existing conditions also increase your risk of complications.


If you’re not sure if your bite is serious, see a doctor. The sooner you’re treated, the less your chance of developing an infection.

Don’t overlook animal bites. That’s some advice you can sink your teeth into.


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